Tricia Rose Burt left the corporate world in 1995 and is now a writer and performer. She chronicles her journey from successful executive to struggling artist in her one-woman show, How To Draw A Nekkid Man, which was shown in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.
When not on stage, Tricia teaches the power of storytelling, conducting workshops for some of America’s top businesses and institutions as part of The Moth’s corporate program. She also works with her own clients, which include the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant and her Creative Discovery Weekends; the Global Poverty Project, who invited her to conduct a workshop at the prestigious SXSW Conference in 2015; and individual writers and performers of all levels.
In addition to contributing to both online and print magazines, Tricia is currently writing a memoir and maintains a (somewhat) weekly blog at www.triciaroseburt.com.
Karey Kirkpatrick is a screenwriter and director. His films include James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adaptation, along with contributions to the Smurfs films. He has also directed the films Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy as well as Over the Hedge. Kirkpatrick wrote the English-language screenplay for U.S. release of The Secret World of Arrietty, in 2012 and From Up on Poppy Hill, in 2013. He wrote the 2015 Tony Nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. with his brother Wayne Kirkpatrick.
Even if you aren't familiar with Wayne Kirkpatrick's name, you undoubtedly are familiar with at least a few of the many hit songs he's written. His works have earned Grammy and Dove awards and been recorded by such artists as Eric Clapton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks in his Chris Gaines persona, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Susan Ashton, and Michael W. Smith, among others. The steady beginning to Kirkpatrick's songwriting career ultimately led to his winning Song of the Year in 1996 with "Change the World" at the Grammy Awards. He wrote the 2015 Tony Nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. with his brother Karey Kirkpatrick.
Shelagh Ratner appeared on Last Comic Standing 9 and is a nationally touring comic; she performed at The Moth for 6 years where she created an improvised finale based on the stories told in the show. She won California's Funniest Female at Flapper's Comedy Club, and was a series regular on Lifetime’s Prank My Mom. Her first national appearance as a stand up aired on Pop TV’s Stand-Up In Stilettos, followed by Stand Up And Deliver on NuvoTV. Shelagh penned an internet campaign for Glamour magazine; in addition she wrote Fashion Slip Ups for Life and Style magazine for five years. Shelagh recently shot the pilot episode of Balls Of Steel, NBC’s answer to Britain’s show of the same name; in addition she stars in a web series entitled Hillary Unplugged.
Nina Rolle is a voiceover actor, musician, writer, and storyteller. She co-hosts Truth Be Told, a bi-monthly story slam in Boulder, Colorado, and performs regularly with the Samba Group Chegando La. Her original show, ZEN Cabaret: a contemplative burlesque received acclaim at the New York International Clown Festival, was awarded a Best of Denver, and was a two-time Pick of the Fringe at the Boulder Fringe Festival. Nina has music directed and performed her original scores in L.A., Minneapolis, New York, and Colorado. She teaches meditation at Naropa University and Dharma Art for Chapman University.
Jessica Tuck has been working actress for 30 years. Her numerous television credits include series regular roles on HBO's acclaimed "TRUE BLOOD", the Emmy-winning "JUDGING AMY" and a starring role on the daytime drama "ONE LIFE TO LIVE," for which she received an Emmy Award nomination as Best Actress. Jessica's feature film credits include the J.J. Abrams film, SUPER 8, the hit comedy WILD HOGS, Steven Shainberg's SECRETARY, and BATMAN FOREVER, for director Joel Schumacher. Jessica also made her mark as Mrs. Evans in the sequels, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 and 3 for director Kenny Ortega.
Jessica is the founder/executive producer/artistic director of Spark Off Rose, a monthly storytelling series, currently in it's 16th season. She has worked with over 1,000 storytellers, helping them craft their pieces for the Spark stage in Santa Monica. She is also a story and presentation skills coach.
Johanna Walker is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission. Which is another way of saying she's a public speaking coach. She's the founder and CEO of GET REAL Public Speaking, and helps entrepreneurs and change-makers put their powerful stories and from-the-heart voices out front so they can create the business, life, and world they want. She's the co-producer and co-host of TRUTH BE TOLD, Boulder's popular story slam series, where audiences come to the stage to tell true, 5-minute, stories based on a theme for the night. She's presented two full-length, originally scripted solo theater shows at the Boulder Fringe Festival, and at theater festivals around the US and Canada. She's worked with adolescent girls, women in jail, corporate execs and fledgling entrepreneurs, over and over witnessing the transformational power of telling our stories and speaking our truths. www.johannawalker.com / www.storyslamboulder.com
Jason was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, which he insists does not make him weird, it makes him interesting. Jason has, at various times, been the bass player in a heavy metal band, an entrepreneur, a salesman, a corporate trainer, a mime, a TV show extra, a prep chef, a non-profit board member, an ironman triathlete, and a hotel bellhop. Currently he works for IBM which may be less exciting, but it pays a lot better. Jason likes pina coladas, but not getting caught in the rain. Jason lives in Longmont with three great kids, and one annoying dog.
Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. Lacking the traditional American form of child pacification, he found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Cooper started performing as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and has been working as a professional theater technician the last eleven years. In 2013, he returned to the world of live storytelling. He now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle, performs regularly with Rachel Ann Harding as Stories with Spirit, and produces storytelling events in Colorado. Cooper competed in the story slam at the National Storytelling Festival in 2015 and 2016. While an accomplished slam teller, Cooper's first love is traditional tales. Cooper's stories remind adults that folk and fairy tales are not just for children.
Rachel Ann Harding is a traditional storyteller and musician, passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. She has been a featured teller for the local Truth Be Told and a panelist for Intergenerational Storytelling at the National Storytelling Network Conference in 2015. She is the producer for the Story Story Podcast, which showcases traditional storytelling from around the world. Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are for all ages and mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new.
Jeremy is an old-school, camp fire storyteller with a flask of bourbon in his boot. Spending his life sitting around with friends wrapping falsehoods around a kernel of truth prepared him to get on stage and tell entertaining stories.
He makes his living in the world of digital marketing and advertising so that he can help advertisers tell stories. When not helping others tell stories, Jeremy – unable to trade on his looks – has to use a modicum of wit and charm along with storytelling to inspire teams of people to achieve great things. Any hobbies that lend themselves to exaggeration and questionable truths (fishing, hiking, camping, travel) are also fair game for his interest and enthusiasm. After growing up in Texas, living and working in Europe, Jeremy finally settled down in Boulder with his family in order to shelter himself in a bubble removed from the outside world.
Being born the fourth of three children, Nancy Norton is a natural storyteller who knows how to engage and captivate an audience. In 2016, she was the Boulder Truth Be Told, Grand Slam Champion with her story, “Bean There, Not Done That”, a poignant, yet humorous story about a tragic loss.
Nancy is also a professional Standup Comedian who has been headlining clubs for over 25 years employing a fast-paced, storytelling style. She is known for performing uniquely funny shows that connect with universal truths through her intuitive, authentic, high energy and engaging style.
Having worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, Nancy shares hilarious healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and possibly wanting to stay out of the hospital. She jokes, she got out of nursing for the same reason a lot of people get into it… to save lives.
Nancy began touring as a standup comedian in 1991 and has toured nationally and internationally, headlining clubs, colleges, cruises and entertaining the troops on several USO tours. How else are you going to see Iceland, Guam and Okinawa? Nancy is one of the founders of MentalPause! A comedy show aimed at laughing-off the Middle Ages: www.mentalpausecomedy.com
You may have seen Nancy Norton on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup in Comedy Clubs across the Country, to performing on "Evening at the Improv" on A & E, or perhaps in her one-woman show, "The Yellowish-Green Girl" on PBS and featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.
Nancy evolved her standup and healthcare backgrounds into hilarious, insightful and in the moment, Motivational and Keynote Speaking. “Find Your Ahahaha Moments!” Laugh and Stay Strong! Is her talk that reveals Humor is not just for fun. It is a real need and a real benefit to businesses, families, relationships and individuals. Humor reduces stress, attracts others to us, and deeply bonds us together, all while increasing creative problem solving, team building, conflict resolution, resilience, job retention, health and overall joy.
Nancy Norton lives in Boulder, Colorado and balances storytelling, speaking, workshops and comedy engagements with being a “Single-Stay-Away-From-Home-Mom” to her son who she adopted in Nepal in 2005. Nancy and her son love music, art, skiing, running, biking, and traveling, as well as, camping all across the United States with their smiling Samoyed dog. Most of all, they truly enjoy making each other laugh.
Nancy wants to help you add a big slice of laughs to your pie chart of life!
MATTHEW TAYLOR, award-winning author, professional actor, storyteller and humorist entertains audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally. Transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England, Matthew is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment, a creator and producer of over twenty-five original shows, including the DCPA commissioned piece, Travelers of the Lost Dimension. Matthew’s book, Goat Lips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is an Amazon best seller, and has won numerous awards including the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal for Humor. Matthew has a long history of coaching theater, storytelling, and the art of improvisation. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to teach communication skills through embracing the power of story. Matthew loves to bike, ski, sail, and is proud to be a husband to Susan, and a father to Maitland and Alastair who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly.
Sandy began her children's book career 45 years ago as a student of Maurice Sendak at Yale. He guided her talents into the picture book genre which captivated her imagination with its unique blend of story and illustration. Although she is an international literary agent, editorial consultant, and bookseller, her passion for creating her own books remains. Her most recent publications include My Cat, Coon Cat, The Blues Go Birding
Series, and a reissue of Moon Loon. Stay tuned… The Nifty Thrifty is scheduled for Fall 2017 release (inspired by the Vail Valley Cares own local Thrifty Store).
Recently Sandy revived her work as an amateur puppeteer, introducing the Alp Arts Puppet Troupe into her event repertoire, along with music and fun book presentations. The Troupe group is growing rapidly, now with almost fifty characters clamoring to share time on the stage!
Sandy’s devotion to picture books and storytelling is best explained by a favorite quote by author/illustrator, Robert Lawson…
It is difficult, if not impossible, to know which of the myriad of children’s books will penetrate a given child’s own magic circle of existence and strike the clarion note of pure truth.
No one can possibly tell what tiny detail of a drawing or what seemingly trivial phrase in a story will be the spark that sets off a great flash in the mind of some child, and will glow for life.
andy directs Alp Arts Co., is a part-time bookseller at The BookWorm of Edwards, CO, and a member of SCBWI. Although her native Colorado mountains remain home, she travels often to her lakeside cottage in Maine. When not at work with a book, she is usually at play outside, just trying to take it all in.